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    Re:Having a cake, calling it a lobster and eating
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Saturday March 31 2007, @03:57PM (#16921)
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    False. Simply false. I have never complained that the ALAC is powerless due its interim status.

    I have complained that it is designed to be powerless by insulating end users from selecting board members.

    NOT at all the same thing.

    I also note that the supposed cheerleader for input is calling us fools. Abuse people: That should really encourage them to participate.

    I don't have any private fantasy about public participation in ICANN. The Board doesn't want it. The CEO abhors it. There won't be any unless it's so mediated as to be denatured. (I don't in fact consider the ALAC to be much in the way of *Public* participation.)

    Power in ICANN comes from the ability to select people who are in the room when the Board meets secretly. There is little other power that matters except the power to sue ICANN and the power to write it checks. That is what ICANN means when it says "stakeholder" and that is all that counts.

    Huge numbers of volunteer hours have gone into participating in ICANN exercises only to be ignored.

    Example: the original draft of the UDRP drafted by bottom-up processes was replaced by the registrars' draft.

    Example: the Board promised a review of the UDRP, due to take place several years ago. We labored on the committee. Then the chair vanished, and the Board ignored the input from the committee.

    Example: extensive consultations were undertaken about how to fix ICANN's membership structures. These were ignored and the current structure imposed instead.

    All of these are documented in ICANNWAtch's archives.

    You can shout all you like, but we've lived it from Day One, and have extensive documentation to prove it.
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